We have all heard all sorts of theories about what makes up a good diet. Some people swear by not eating after 6pm, others say cutting carbs is the way forward. Here at Judge Health, we think taking a balanced view is the best way to ensure optimum health whilst maintaining a healthy weight, along with happiness and a sense of wellbeing! Read our top tips for eating well…
Eat your fruits and vegetables! No matter how you spin it, fruit and veg are the best way to get a whole range of vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fibre to help our digestive system work. We are advised in the UK to aim for 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day, however for best health we should aim to beat that! Japan recommend as much as 10 servings per day!!
Do not cut out whole food groups – although some people say cutting out carbs is the way to lose weight (and in some cases they are sort of there), cutting out carbs completely is not a healthy way to eat. Our bodies use carbohydrates for energy, and we should still eat some. Perhaps a better option is to reduce the amount of white, refined carbs we eat (chuck the white pasta, white bread and white rice!).
Take an 80/20 approach – we all like to have the odd treat or two every now and again, and that is fine! We can still eat tasty things as long as we view treats as just that – a treat! Sweets, chocolate, cakes etc are fine to have on occasion, but not everyday. Try to use a balanced view that 80% of the time you will eat healthy, saving the 20% for treats. This way you can still enjoy your favourite chocolate whilst not worrying about your waistline!
Try different things – what works for one person might not work for another, so don’t be disheartened if the latest diet you try doesn’t work for you! Simply give it a go for a few weeks (try a month if you can), and if you decide it isn’t working, try something else! It is said that it takes at least 21 days to break a habit, so if you are struggling to stick to your diet plan, give it a real go for at least this long before you throw in the towel.
Don’t forget to read our helpful articles (which are updated monthly) for all the latest tips and tricks for eating well and exercising for health! You can find out more about Judge Heath or contact us if you need more assistance.